This is not equal representation:
This is equal representation:
SAY IT AGAIN ONE MOE TIME
At an LGBT community center, I talked about how many developmentally disabled men, in particular those living in institutions with no say over their lives, have been forcibly castrated for showing sexuality, especially gay sexuality, and/or for cross-dressing.
The first question out of someone’s mouth (a nondisabled trans gay man):
"Did they ask to be castrated?”
He wasn’t being sarcastic. He was actually equating forcible castration with voluntary sex reassignment surgery. And there was an undertone that maybe I hadn’t thought of that, maybe I didn’t know enough about the situation to be condemning the practice.
I had no words, I couldn’t even respond. Like… it shouldn’t even take explanation how wrong he was, and I couldn’t find words to explain the gulf between us. Still barely can. But:
HAVING YOUR GENITALS FORCIBLY CUT OFF FOR BEING SEXUAL, OR FOR BEING LGBT, IS NOT THE SAME AS BEING TRANS AND HAVING YOUR GENITALS VOLUNTARILY MODIFIED BY SURGERY.
I don’t know how that can be confusing.
Why is there no short, easy-to-remember phrase for this level and kind of assault on a person’s body? Like abuse, sexual abuse, and forced surgery don’t even cut it.